March 12, 2016 at 5:43 pm EST | by Mariah Cooper
Gay-affirming summer camp options
summer camps 2016, gay news, Washington Blade

Campers at Camp RimRock for Girls last summer in West Virginia. (Photo courtesy the camp)

The District is still shaking off the winter blues, but summer in the city is approaching fast. Local camps are already accepting registration for children to keep occupied during summer break. From day camps to overnight stays, sports and science, musical theater or even beauty school, there is a program nearby to keep kids entertained while they learn a thing or two.

Camp RimRock for Girls (343 Camp Rim Rock Rd., Yellow Spring, W.Va.) gives young girls from rising first grade through rising 10th grade, the chance to have fun away from home. Rising second through 10th can choose General Camp which includes activities such as sports, horseback riding, aquatics, performing arts and arts and crafts.  General Camp sessions are available in two-week sessions for $2,675 or four-week sessions for $4,700. Rising fourth through 10th graders can also choose Riding Specialty Camp, which focuses on horseback riding, for a one-week session for $1,850. First time sleep away campers in rising first, second and third grade can try Mini Camp for one week. Mini Camp sessions are $1,400 and designed to adjust children to sleep away camp.

HeadFirst Summer Camps offer activities at St. Albans School (3001 Mount Saint Alban, N.W.), Mater Dei School (9600 Seven Locks Rd., Bethesda, Md.) and Flint Hill School (3320 Jermantown Rd., Oakton, Va.) for rising pre-kindergarten through rising fifth graders. The day camp’s activities are diverse with options for multi-sports camp, basketball camp, baseball camp and soccer camp. Science and engineering camp is also available as well as a day camp with more general activities such as arts and crafts, music and movement, instructional swimming and story time. Prices range from $369-499 depending on camp session.

Synetic Theatre (1800 S Bell St., Arlington, Va.) offers two-week camp sessions from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Campers will work with senior artistic company members to stage an original play “A Tale of Two Ghostbusters” complete with musical numbers and an original score. Regular registration is $707 by May 1. Late registration is $757. Extended day care is available in one- or two-week packages from 3-6 p.m. for an extra fee of $100 or $200.

Washington Performing Arts music and dance camps run at various locations in the District from June 27 through Aug. 12. Capital Jazz Camp is for children in rising grades three through eight with prior vocal and instrumental experience. Capital Strings Camp is for children in rising grades three through six with no experience necessary. Capital Voices Camp is for children in grades fourth through 12th and requires basic vocal training experience. Summer Steps with Step Afrika is for rising campers in grades fourth through twelfth and requires basic dance experience. Tuition is $350 per week.

Circle Yoga (3838 Northampton St., N.W.) offers full day camp for children ages six through 12 and half day for children ages 4-7. Activities include mindful yoga and movement, crafts and creative arts, play at the park, group games, camp songs, relaxation and journaling. Full-day camp is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and is $365 per week. Half-day camp is from 9 a.m.-noon and is $250 per week.

The YMCA in D.C. offers camp programs ranging from traditional camp activities like art, aquatic, dance, sports, technology and theatre. Specialized program such as beauty school, creative writing and gardening are also available. YMCA also offers a day and overnight camp, Camp Letts (4003 Camp Letts Rd., Edgewater, Md.), which includes outdoor activities such as kayaking and horseback riding. For more details on camp programs and for a list of prices, visit and

Adventure Theatre offers Summer Musical Theater Camp for grades first through sixth for a two-week session in Glen Echo Park. Grades six-12 also have a Summer Musical Theater Training Program in Wintergreen Plaza for a three-week session. Campers dance, sing and act with the help of D.C area theater professionals and teaching artists in daily rehearsals. Family and friends of campers are treated to  a performance at the end of the camp session. Grades six-12 can choose to study contemporary musicals, Broadway revivals or movie musicals. Sessions for grades one-six range from $800-850. Grades six-12 sessions range from $1,150 through $1,200.

Green Acres School (11701 Danville Dr., North Bethesda, Md.) offers camp sessions for rising pre-kindergarten students through seventh grade. Kreative Kangaroos for Pre-K students includes outdoor play, swimming, dancing and carpentry. Junior camp for kindergarten through second grade includes cooking, drama and music, dance and swimming. Senior camp is for grades three through six and includes cooking, wood shop, filmmaking, photography, rock band and robotics. Pricing and session times vary.

Silver Stars Gymnastics has a Silver Spring (2701 Pittman Dr.) location and a Bowie (14201 Woodcliff Ct.) location. Camp sessions are for children ages 3 and a half-4, 5-7 and 8-15. Full-day programs are from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and half-day programs from 9 a.m.- noon with extended morning programs from 8-8:30 a.m. and extended evenings from 4:30-6 p.m. Camper learn the basics of gymnastics such as cartwheels, jumps, tucks, twists and flips.

The Beauvoir School, Rochambeau (the French International School) and the Lowell School also have great LGBT-affirming summer camp programs. Details at their sites.

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